At teh Laura and John Arnold Foundation, Michael is responsible for identifying and pursuing opportunities for philanthropic investment in science and technology. He joined the foundation after serving as the assistant director for biotechnology at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy for six years. At the White House, Michael was responsible for developing and driving initiatives in life sciences research, including the Administration’s efforts focused on improving veterans’ mental health, combating antibiotic resistance, improving the management of federally supported scientific collections, restoring pollinator health, and reforming the regulatory system for biotechnology products. He is the architect of the Obama Administration policy on increasing access to the results of federally funded scientific research including publications and data.
Michael previously served as a science advisor to the Obama Campaign and on the Obama Presidential Transition Team. He is the former director of biology policy for the Federation of American Scientists and the former president of Scientists and Engineers for America Action Fund. He also co-founded and served on the board of directors for Scientists and Engineers for America, and is a former adjunct professor of bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, Michael worked as a legislative fellow for U.S. Senator Harry Reid and a public policy fellow for the National Human Genome Research Institute. Before coming to Washington, he was a senior editor at Nature Genetics. He received his B.S. in biology at SUNY Stony Brook and his Ph.D. in genetics while working at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.